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November election results mean Illinois' neighbors likely to embrace worker freedom

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 15, 2016, 8:48am

The outcome of 2016 races in nearby states may result in all states surrounding Illinois becoming Right-to-Work states – leaving Illinois a lone island in a sea of worker freedom. To remain competitive for workers and business, Illinois must consider similar reforms.

Choosing judges in Illinois

John Pastuovic, Illinois Civil Justice League Nov. 14, 2016, 10:35am

On a warm July day in 1970, Constitutional Delegate Wendell Durr, a respected attorney and future judge from Madison County, made some unique observations about whether the 1970 Constitution should continue the concepts adopted by Illinois’ voters in the Judicial Article of 1964.

Members of the Illinois House of Representatives who gave Michael Madigan unlimited power

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Nov. 8, 2016, 8:35am

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan isn’t a typical state representative.

Good judges matter

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Nov. 1, 2016, 2:36pm

When we turn on the radio, turn on our televisions and even log into our social media accounts, we are bombarded with political advertising.

Trump can...must win

John J. Hopkins Nov. 1, 2016, 1:30pm

It is neither an exaggeration nor an original thought to say the 2016 Presidential election has been one for the books.

Wait! Let's try to make this thing work

Eric Allie, Illinios Policy Institute Oct. 26, 2016, 3:49pm

Wait! Let's try to make this thing work ...

BLS September jobs report: Illinois has only shrinking labor force of all surrounding states

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 26, 2016, 2:27pm

Illinoisans continued dropping out of the workforce in September, according to an Oct. 21 economic release from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS.

AFSCME's demands come at expense of neediest Illinoisans

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 24, 2016, 4:30pm

By demanding a larger share of the state’s limited resources, AFSCME is depleting state funds and keeping them from social service providers and other Illinoisans who most need them.

Gambling in Casablanca

John J. Hopkins Oct. 19, 2016, 10:28am

The 1943 classic movie “Casablanca” is always on the 10 Best movies of all times, loaded as it is with memorable characters and lines.

AFSCME's demands come at expense of neediest Illinoisans

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 18, 2016, 4:20pm

By demanding a larger share of the state’s limited resources, AFSCME is depleting state funds and keeping them from social service providers and other Illinoisans who most need them.

Hello, Police? I want to report another creepy clown sighting

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 11, 2016, 3:33pm

Hello, Police? I want to report another creepy clown sighting

Illinoisans who vote for Madigan

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 11, 2016, 11:24am

Just as Illinoisans elect state representatives, state representatives elect the speaker of the House every two years. To become the speaker, Madigan just needs a majority vote.

Barack Hussein Trump

John J. Hopkins Oct. 6, 2016, 9:01am

With the first Presidential debate competed and the second looming on Sunday it is good to reflect and analyze the state of Campaign 2016.

Illinois entrepreneurs deserve the right to earn a living

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Oct. 4, 2016, 9:43am

Illinois lawmakers should support a statewide law that limits government business regulations to only those necessary and carefully tailored to serve a legitimate public health, safety or welfare purpose.

Injured Illinois workers take 50 percent more time off than peers in surrounding states

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 26, 2016, 2:41pm

Illinois law gives financial incentives to many injured workers to stay off the job and to doctors to prescribe more medications to workers’ compensation patients.

Food trucks fight for the right to exist

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 20, 2016, 4:04pm

City officials in Chicago and across the state are crushing a pillar of the culinary community. But food trucks are fighting back.

Has Madigan given up on economic opportunity and responsible government?

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Instiitute Sep. 13, 2016, 9:25am

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s current tax-and-spend policies and protection of special interests stand in contrast to the speaker’s past statements declaring the need for economic growth and opportunity.

Illinois bill backlog expected to reach $14 billion

Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute Sep. 6, 2016, 2:09pm

Illinois’ unpaid bills could reach new highs by summer 2017.

What difference does it make?

John J. Hopkins Sep. 1, 2016, 1:15pm

As Shakespeare once wrote, "The evil men lives on after them, but the good is oft interred with their bones." Such will it be so with Madame Clinton.

Madigan's map

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 29, 2016, 11:26am

In a 4-3 ruling, the Illinois Supreme Court erased from November ballots a referendum on legislative mapmaking, and handed a major victory to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan Aug. 25.